Germany can finally get a new government after the Social Democrats vote resoundingly in favor of a coalition with the centre-right.
The centre-left's predicament in Italy probably looks worse than it is. But in the circumstances that's not much consolation.
A Liberal government with a reduced majority looks the most likely outcome from Saturday's state election.
A refractory populist bloc and an octogenarian kingmaker pose big problems for forming government in Italy.
Parties, elections and political ideas across the globe from an Australian perspective
Centre-left parties in Germany and Italy are putting their futures on the line next week. There's a thriving industry in trying to work out what's gone wrong with social democracy.
It's time to have another look at what's been happening to the Green vote. Unfortunately, it depends a bit on what you're trying to measure.
South Africa's odd constitutional structure witnesses another change at the top.
Three elections and a referendum: reports from Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador and Monaco.
Uncertainty on several fronts surrounds next month's Italian election, which could be Silvio Berlusconi's most unlikely comeback yet.
A close contest looms in Costa Rica, with both Trumpism and religious fundamentalism in the mix.